We are deeply influenced by

the history, culture, tradition and what makes Bengal

The Royal Bengal Tiger : a tiger subspecies that is native to the Indian subcontinent, estimated to be present in the Indian subcontinent for about 12,000 to 16,500 years, The Bengal tiger ranks among the biggest wild cats alive today. It is considered to belong to the world’s charismatic megafauna. It is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh. 

Sundarbans : a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal, covers an area of about 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi). Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shantiniketan : Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to get the ‘Nobel Prize’ in 1913 for literature, started Visva-Bharati , which means the communion of the world with India, an Institution of National Importance Darjeeling Tea : First introduced by the British in mid 1800s Darjeeling Tea is celebrated the by Tea lovers world over. The tea leaves are harvested by plucking the plant’s top two leaves and the bud, from March to November, a timespan that is divided into four flushes. Bengal Handloom & Muslin:  Handloom saris are a traditional textile art of Bangladesh and India. The production of handloom saris is important for economic development in rural India. Completion of a single sari takes two to three days of work. Muslin is a fabric of plain weave believed to have originated in Bengal. Sweets : Sweets are celebrated in Bengal. No meal in here is complete without a sweet ending. Rosogolla is the most famous of them all, earning a GI tag for itself. Sweet Curd (doi) and sweet meat (sandesh) are equally loved and cherished.

Bengal Handloom and Handicraft

a Lifestyle of Bengal

Miranda, founder Made in Bengal, have been working with the weavers’ and craftsmen and their families for about 5 years’ now …. She has been travelling deep in to villages and towns across Bengal, mostly taking to the craftsmen their families and understanding their life and lifestyle. ‘Mira’ as she is called by people she meets, often share their stories and struggles. In the process she started working with a few weavers, artisans and craftsmen from different backgrounds and varied craft forms. In 2018 March, she came up with a showcasing space ‘Store’ at Hindustan Park, the boutique para of Kolkata, and called it ‘Made in Bengal’ to showcase and sell the products and produce of these craftsmen. Along with the ‘Store’ the ‘madeinbengal.in’ website is showcasing beautiful work of art and craftsmanship to the world. Since then ‘Made in Bengal’ products have been patronized by more than 3300 women & men across the Globe, Bengalis, Indians and Other Foreign Nationals.

Bengalis have a long tradition of culinary palates. Different regions have their local variations. Mostly cherished amoung them are many kinds of fish … and staple as rice. However the Bengali food plate goes much beyond these two dishes. A full course meal will start with a bitter tasting small side, like bitter gourd or neem fried in ghee. This starter is said to increase immunity as well as clear up the taste buds for the due course to come. Then would be poppy seeds, either freshly ground or gravy with a vegetable; often just potatoes. Beyond this will be lentils and two or three different kind of vegetable sides, either fried or gravy in with exacting mix of ground and whole spices. The non-vegetarian course follows next with either fish or meat in rich gravy. In the end comes sweet curd and sweets; sweet meat or bengal’s own rosogolla.

‘Made in Bengal’ has produced a range of cookery shows, with some tradition and modern renditions of dishes that fill our plates.

We love to eat

and that list is much beyond Fish & Rice; and of course we love our Tea

Tea is a way of life in Bengal. We call it ‘cha’ here.  A morning cuppa to a afternoon sip, at the evening break or one late evening just before dinner is a way of life. Bengal is probably the highest consumer of its favorite beverage among all Indians. Tea is a welcome drink at any household as well as there are numerous road side tea stalls doting all across Bengal. Tea is prepared in many different ways, some with just hot water poured through a generous pick of leaves, some mixed with milk and sugar, while some prefer it with a dash of ginger and lemon, while other swear by their ‘masala cha’  

Showcasing

‘Best of Bengal’ Products

‘Made in Bengal’ active pursuit from its inception has been to promote and showcase the best of Bengal in a modern and suave light. We have done multiple showcasing of products through solo / anchor Fashion Shows solely displaying the variety and beauty of Bengal products.

‘Made in Bengal’ also comes out with a full 12 page Bengali Calendar (with english dates as well) on different themes every year released on the 14/15 April The Bengali New Years’ Day. The first such Calendar was launched in 2018. It showcased the ‘Made in Bengal’ products in the backdrop of ‘New Town’ (the most new and modern township of Bengal). This Calendar was launched through a cultural event showcasing a musical jugalbandi  of Bangla Rap with Baul, some soulful Bengali songs by well know modern classical vocalists and a fashion show. The Calendar was launched in association HIDCO (Gov of WB authority managing New Town Township) and inaugurated by the Chairman of HIDCO in august presence of the British High Commissioner and the Chairman of Andrew Yule Tea, among other noted invitees and guests, at an open air evening event in Café Ekante Island & lawns; a marque resort Island at New Town.

fete@kaarkhana

A platform for budding performers’ : A ‘Made in Bengal’ initiative

Bengal is known for its cultural and long tradition of literary pursuits. Rabindranath Tagore, received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913; First Indian to receive Nobel Prize. Literature is actively practiced in most households across Bengal. Lit fests in schools and colleges are in standard curriculum. Poems, Songs, Recitation and Debate are the most practiced forms. Working in the creative fields is a common life goal for many students. Many achieve, many live through their lives hoping to get recognized. Getting to showcase their passion is a common aspiration to all …. fete@kaarkhana is an Initiative of ‘Made in Bengal’ hosted at its workshop ‘kaarkhana’ for such aspiring youth to showcase their passion, skill and talents. Form of expression is not just Bengali or poetry, it can be and language and any form of art. Youth and talents are welcomed to showcase at fete@kaarkhana amoung their peers, with also veterans and established artists often dropping down for such shows. fete@kaarkhana is an instant hit amoung college going aspiring artists, to showcase their passion, in a open air dream light set up of a rooftop concert.

eChe : Wish

Wish An Initiative inspired by the poem ‘Pujar Saaj’ by Rabindranath Tagore New Dress’ for Kids this Durga Puja … Diwali & Beyond …… UpCycled from your clothes in wardrobe…. DONATE : sarees’ CHERISH : THE SMILE ON THEIR FACES FULFILL : eChe A WISH of NEW CLOTHES this Festive Season 3 sarees + INR 1001 = 6 Dress’ to a Kid & FOR YOUR GOOD CAUSE GESTURE WE GIVE YOU A GV OF INR 501 FROM MADEINBENGAL.IN FULLY REDEEMABLE (no conditions apply)